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Research Update - Duke Prof Sets Up Supernova Alert

Wednesday, October 14, 2009
We haven’t seen a supernova in our galaxy since 1604. “We’re really due for one,” says Duke physicist Kate Scholberg. To make sure that scientists get the most out of the next event, Scholberg started the SuperNova Early Warning System (SNEWS), a program that will notify thousands of professional... Read More »

Alumni Profile - Duke Alum Designs Better PV Cells at NASA's GRC

Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Duke alum Sheila Brown Bailey has spent the last 24 years working on solar cells at the NASA’s Glenn Research Center in Cleveland. “My job basically is to make a better solar cell, meaning one that is more efficient or that lasts longer or is cheaper to make,” she says. “Right now I’m doing some... Read More »

Graduate Student News - Physics Grad Students Create DukeChina.org

Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Duke Physics attracts students and researchers from all over the world. In fact, Duke Physics graduate students represent 17 countries.  Five years ago, two Chinese graduate students saw a need to offer support and information to other Chinese students considering Duke—not just for physics... Read More »

Research Update - Friction, Fruit, and Flow

Wednesday, October 14, 2009
 Visiting professor Jackie Krim, who is at Duke on sabbatical from North Carolina State University, studies nanoscale tribology, and Duke professor Bob Behringer is an expert on granular and fluid flows. They recently applied their knowledge of the behavior of granular materials in motion to... Read More »

Research Update - Gauthier Digs Into Chaos

Wednesday, October 14, 2009
The September-October 2009 issue of Duke Magazine chronicles the work of Dan Gauthier, Chair of Duke Physics, in his search for technological applications of chaos. Possibilities include more efficient pacemakers for arrhythmic hearts and improved intruder detection sensors. Read more about... Read More »

Sabbaticals

Thursday, August 27, 2009
On August 24, Professor Glenn Edwards left for the Curie Institute in Paris, France for a year-long sabbatical.In September Professor Moo-Young Han departs for one semester to teach at the College of Natural Sciences of the Seoul National University in Seoul, Korea.  He will return for the... Read More »

New Faculty

Thursday, August 27, 2009
Dr. Nicholas Buchler, from Rockefeller University, started August 1; Buchler has a joint appointment in the departments of Physics and Biology, and the Institute for Genome Science and Policy (IGSP).Dr. Ayana Holloway Arce, a Chamberlain Postdoctoral Fellow from the Lawrence Berkeley National... Read More »

Travel Notes: Undergrad @ CERN

Thursday, August 27, 2009
Ariana Minot, a senior physics and mathematics major from Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, spent nearly three months at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN this summer, observing the paths of sub-atomic particles and the working habits of high-energy physicists. Minot studied the performance of the... Read More »

Greenside's Textbook Hot off the Presses

Thursday, August 27, 2009
Professor Henry Greenside has co-authored a graduate-level textbook called Pattern Formation and Dynamics in Nonequilibrium Systems. Greenside's co-author is  Professor Michael C. Cross at the California Institute of Technology. As a member of Duke’s Center for Nonlinear and Complex... Read More »

Travel Notes: Gauthier and Greenberg to Hawaii

Thursday, August 27, 2009
The 2009 Optical Society of America Conference in Hawaii In mid-July, Professor Daniel Gauthier, chair of the Duke Physics Department, and Joel Greenberg, a fourth-year PhD graduate student, traveled to Honolulu, Hawaii, to present papers at the Optics & Photonics Congress hosted by the Optical... Read More »

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